While cheaper LCD panels are generally good news for the consumer, it has been one of the main contributing factors for the financial woes of electronics manufacturer, Sharp, with the company racking up around $4.5 billion in debt. Sharp’s search for new investment had culminated in an announcement that the Japanese electronics manufacturer had accepted a $6.2 billion takeover bid from Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision Industry, more commonly known as Foxconn. Everything was going swimmingly until the most recent statement by Foxconn which has cast doubt over the deal being completed. Read more
Barely anyway has a 4K display, whether that be a computer monitor, TV, tablet or phone. However, that has not stopped Japan from working on 8K displays. They also plan on bringing them to market by 2020 in time for the Olympics.
Originally announced at CES 2015, Sharp is bringing its first five 4K Android TVs to the market, ranging from 60-inches to 80-inches. This makes Sharp and Sony to be some of the first to bring fully-fledged Android TVs to the market. But, they certainly aren’t cheap.
There are already rumors that the Galaxy Note 5 will sport a 4K display, and even if it doesn’t, it won’t stop 4K displays from landing on your next smartphone.
Sharp just announced their own 4K (3,840 x 2,160) 5.5-inch IGZO display that sports a stunning 806 pixels per inch. This one won’t appear on a smartphone until 2016 since production isn’t scheduled until then.
Sharp has taken the wraps off of their first two devices for 2015, one of which is a high-end compact device, and the other is, surprisingly, a flagship flip phone.
The Aquos Mini is one of Sharp’s most impressive devices, featuring the razor thin bezels that their Aquos phones have come to be known for. The phone sports a 4.5-inch, 1080p screen with an extremely narrow body, and the display features Sharp’s IGZO technology which will supposedly let the device last for a full two to three days on its 2120 mAh battery. Read more
For those of you who sit way too close to your television set, Sharp has just unveiled a prototype television at CES 2015 with a whopping 8K LCD screen. This prototype will be the world’s first 8K display with standards compliance and has a mind-boggling resolution of 7680×4320 with a 120Hz refresh rate. The 8K beast has 12 bits per pixel depth and delivers a blinding brightness of 400cd .
How big is this heavyweight television going to be, you ask? 85 inches. That’s like having a NBA basketball player laying across your wall.
Probably more important is the news that Sharp is updating its SmartCentral TV interface to version 4.0. This version will be a complete revamp for SmartCentral and will now be running off Android TV platform. This will also bring the Google Play Store to your Sharp television.
For further reading on Sharp’s new television releases, which include a number of 4K UHD televisions, follow the article after the break. To go back to Talk Android’s continuing coverage of CES 2015, click here. Read more
Sprint and Boost Mobile announced the Sharp Aquos Crystal handset a couple of months ago. However, Sharp also has a device called the Aquos Crystal X at about the same time, but it never hit the markets. Well, that changes now with Sharp officially launching the handset in Japan through local carrier Softbank (parent company of Sprint). Read more
It seems like just about every technology manufacturer is throwing their hat in the smartwatch ring, and Sharp is no exception. They’ve recently showed off their take on a wearable device, and it takes a much more conservative approach to what we’ve been seeing lately. Instead of offering tons of bells and whistles, the Sharp watch tries to give you something with extraordinarily long battery life. Read more
Ready or not, here comes the Aquos Crystal. If you are a customer of either Sprint or Boost Mobile, you can get your hands on the Sharp device. The Aquos Crystal from Boost Mobile is available today for $150 with no contract to sign. The Boost Mobile version is also being sold through Best Buy.
Sprint customers have to wait one more week for the Aquos Crystal to arrive on October 17. Without going the prepaid route (starting October 21 for $150), the Sprint version’s cost is diced up into twenty-four monthly payments of $10.
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As expected, Sprint went ahead and announced the Sharp Aquos Crystal, which is the first device to come out of the Sprint and Softbank merger. It will of course be available with Softbank in Japan, but it will also be available exclusively at Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile USA.
The Sharp Aquos Crystal features a 5-inch edge-to-edge 720p (1280 x 720) display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, 8 MP rear camera, 1.2 MP front-facing camera, 2,040 mAh battery, Sprint Spark network, and Android 4.4.2 KitKat.